2019 Elections

SPER’s Executive Committee is comprised of eight officers and includes a President, a President-Elect, an Immediate Past-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and four Members-at-Large, a Student Representative, and an International Representative. The 2019 Elections will include voting for the following positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Member-at-Large
  • Student Representative

2019 Members of SPER are entitled to one vote per category. Learn more about the candidates below.

Voting will conclude on April 19th. 


President-Elect Candidates

Danelle T. Lobdell, PhD, MS
Environmental Health Scientist – Epidemiologist
Office of Research and Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

With great honor and enthusiasm, I accept the nomination for president to SPER.

I am an epidemiologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Office of Research and Development. I received my M.S. in Natural Sciences and Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Community Medicine from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. My current research involves the development of environmental public health indicators, especially in the areas of reproductive, perinatal and children’s environmental health. I also have several research projects funded through the Regional Applied Research Effort (RARE) that focus on the U.S. EPA’s Regional research needs for communities, which include research efforts focused on child health. Read more

Lauren A. Wise, Sc.D.
Professor of Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health
Website: https://www.bu.edu/sph/profile/lauren-wise/

Lauren A. Wise, MSc, ScD. I am honored to be nominated as President-Elect of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER). I have been an active member of SPER since 2008.  A reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist by training, I received my doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. Since 2015, I have been Professor of Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).

My research involves the study of environmental and genetic determinants of benign gynecologic disorders, subfertility, and adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. I am currently Principal Investigator of Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO), a NICHD-funded North American preconception cohort study in which recruitment and follow-up occur via the internet (http://presto.bu.edu). Read more


Secretary Candidate

Sarah Keim, PhD
Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University and Principal Investigator, Center for Biobehavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

I am delighted to be considered for the role of Secretary of SPER. In my mind, SPER stands out from other societies in public health in several ways. One is our focus on particular populations rather than a single disease. This gives the society a strong anchor – it all comes back to what we collectively do to improve reproductive, pregnancy and pediatric health locally, nationally, and globally. This also gives us incredible breadth – making our membership, and our annual meeting, incredibly diverse and rich in terms of the scope of research being pursued. Another special characteristic of SPER that stands out is its size. The society is large enough to support a high-quality annual conference and ongoing activities throughout the year but remains welcoming to trainees and new members who are building professional networks and looking for a society “home.” Read more

Member-at-Large Candidates

Erinn M. Hade, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Obstetrics & Gynecology
The Ohio State University

I would be honored and excited to serve as SPER Member-at-large.  While my primary training is in biostatistics, having received my MS degree in biostatistics from the University of Washington and PhD from The Ohio State University, research and applications in perinatal and pediatric health have been a long standing focus.  Prior to graduate training I had the opportunity to investigate the accuracy of birth records and to work with researchers from the Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study. Read more

Anne Marie Jukic, PhD
Tenure-track Investigator
Epidemiology Branch
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

I have been a member of SPER for over a decade and consider it to be my scientific home. I appreciate the passionate people who also attend year after year to help keep SPER at the forefront of perinatal research. I was the recipient of the SPER Rising Star Award in 2016 and each year since then I have had the honor of reviewing the impressive applications of other award candidates. I currently serve on the SPER program committee and as the liaison from SER to SPER. I enjoy supporting this organization that I have spent years learning from. It is a pleasure to work with SPER members. Read more

Wei Perng, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Assistant Director, Life Course Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center
Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Michigan School of Public Heatlh

I received my MPH in Epidemiology in 2010, followed by my PhD in Epidemiology in 2013 at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UMSPH). Following a 1-year postdoc with Dr. Emily Oken’s research group at Harvard Medical School and second, shorter postdoc under the tutelage of Dr. Claudia Holzman at Michigan State University via Dr. Nigel Paneth’s T-32 Perinatal Epidemiology training program, I took a research faculty position in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UMSPH in 2015.  As of January 2018, I am an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health where I not only focus on my research, which revolves around developmental origins of obesity-related disease, but am also committed to the courses I teach and to training the next generation of life course and perinatal epidemiologists through my role as Assistant Director of the Life Course Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center. Read more

Student Representative Candidates

Krystin Matthews, MPH
Doctoral Student
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
School of Public Health
Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences

I would be honored to serve as Student Representative and actively contribute to the SPER community. As Student Representative I will prioritize engaging students by being active on social media. For example, promoting Twitter take-overs by our members to increase visibility of their research while highlighting opportunities for student involvement. Also, I have several ideas for methods workshops, such as applications of agent based modeling, causal inference with longitudinal data, and use of EHRs for research. I will be accessible and open to feedback from the community.

I am working on my PhD in epidemiology at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health, where my dissertation focuses on nutrition and growth in infants and toddlers who participate in WIC. I recently accepted a student position at The UT System, supporting a project that aims to understand and address inequities in prenatal care access and birth outcomes. I have an MPH from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego. I appreciate your time and consideration of my nomination for Student Representative.

Krista Wollny RN, MN
PhD Student, Epidemiology
Community Health Sciences
University of Calgary

I am thrilled to be one of the candidates for the role of student representative for SPER for the upcoming year! My goal as the student representative would be to increase student engagement in SPER through collaborations and connections – not only at the yearly meeting, but throughout the entire year.

I am a PhD student in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary, Community Health Sciences. I am a pediatric and neonatal research nurse by background, and I am currently studying variables associated with increased patient risk in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, with the help of my supervisors: Dr. Amy Metcalfe and Dr. Deb McNeil. I have worked on a number of perinatal and pediatric studies over the course of my career as a nurse, masters student, and now PhD student. At SPER 2018, I presented a systematic review on the effects of general vs neuraxial anaesthesia on neonatal outcomes after c-section, and was inspired by the other research and researchers I encountered. Read more